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Japanese chefs hone skills in cradle of French cuisine

High-end cooking school Tsuji in Liergues in east-central France has become a mainstay of French gastronomy

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Joel Robuchon is set to pay the Tsuji school the ultimate compliment. He will soon open an international cuisine school in France's central-western Vienne region - financed by Chinese investors.

Liergues, France

SNOW blankets a vineyard deep in France's Beaujolais region, where a select group of future top chefs from Japan are busy learning the secrets of French cuisine in the kitchens of an elegant chateau.

Shouts of "Oui, chef!" punctuate the morning as the Tsuji school'...

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